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Wawayanda power plant opponents pledge ongoing protest

TOWN OF WAWAYANDA – Construction is well underway on the 650 megawatt Competitive Power Ventures power plant on Route 6, a short distance outside Middletown.  Workers were on site Saturday morning, as were about a dozen protestors. 

Tom Denny and Naomi Miller were among about a dozen protestors Saturday morning

“The power plant means that we will get tons of emissions dumped on us and into the black dirt region,” said Tom Denny who lives about two miles from the existing pipeline, and claims it is “poisoning” his house.  He said he has had health issues, including headaches, although he acknowledged that is not based on a medical diagnosis.

“I’ve actually talked to two doctors since and they’re skeptical there is such a thing, but then, when you read further about other counties where this is taking place in other areas of the country, there’s plenty of documentation that people are having side effects from the fracked gas flowing into their neighborhoods,” Denny said. 

Naomi Miller, affiliated with Protect Orange County and Tri-States Against Natural Gas, also had a litany of health issues some opponents say are associated with power plants, including respiratory illnesses and increased incidence of cancer. 

Miller also contends CPV picked the particular location, near a low-income housing project, for specific reason.

“Neighborhoods that are under-resourced, overworked and have less capacity to fight back,” Miller said.

There is a suit pending, seeking to require the Town of Wawayanda and CPV to do a new environmental impact study. 

Miller said they plan on protesting every Saturday morning, rain or snow.


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